Appeals court rules against Missouri in execution drug case

3 years 9 months 1 day ago Friday, September 02 2016 Sep 2, 2016 Friday, September 02, 2016 8:02:00 PM CDT September 02, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling ordering Missouri to identify any supplier of the state's lethal injection drug to two Mississippi death row inmates.

The three-judge 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Friday rejected Missouri's claim that disclosing its pentobarbital source could compromise the state's future ability to obtain that drug.

A spokeswoman for Missouri's attorney general says an appeal is planned to the full 8th Circuit.

Mississippi death row inmates Richard Jordan and Ricky Chase are pressing a legal challenge of Mississippi's three-drug execution protocol.

The inmates question why Mississippi doesn't adopt a one-drug execution method as Missouri has done. They've subpoenaed Missouri for details about its execution drug to meet their legal burden of showing there's a known, available alternative.

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